Century Farms

The Tennessee Century Farms Program honors families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years, and which produces at least $1000 per year in annual income.  There are nine Century Farms located in Houston County.

Valley View Farms:  In 1803, Hugh Dickson purchased 150 acres of a Revolutionary War Land Grant, and later on purchased 243 acres from the same Land Grant.  In the past, the farm was a test demonstration home and farm for UT-TVA.  Bennetta James and Allen McCampbell own the farm today.

Twin Cedars Farm:  James and Martha Hinson were the original owners of 150 acres, purchased in 1833.  Today, Jane Newman owns 83 acres from the original farm.

Bateman Mill – Sullivan Farm:  In 1841, John Bateman purchased 1640 acres from a Land Grant, in what was then Stewart County.  In the years that followed, the farm was divided up by his descendants,, and currently Ralph and Laura Sullivan own 500 acres of the original purchase.  Laura’s ancestors are buried in the cemetery in their front yard.

Beard Triple H Farm:  Triple H represents Henry Humphrey Haliburton, the founder of the farm.  He purchased 320 acres in 1851.  The original log home still stands.  Today, Terry and Sue Beard own the farm.

Welker Century Farm:  John William Welker purchased 100 acres for $400 and an additional 50 acres for $50 near Ellis Mills in 1851.  It is currently a calf-cow operation owned by Otho Welker.

Felts Hill Farm:  Jimmy and Patricia Felts raise goats on a portion of the original farm begun by Jessie M. Parchman in 1867.

Windy Ridge Farm (1910):  Mike Mobley

Harvey Farm:  Landon Harvey family

Bateman Farm (1915):  Donald and Jackie Bateman